Hey, I’m Ryan Gannon and I’m a freshman from Litchfield, Connecticut. My plan is to major in accounting with a minor in environmental science. Outside of schoolwork, I run for Bryant’s cross country and track teams. I love watching hockey, and I’m also passionate about helping us move our planet towards a more sustainable future.
November 21st, 2013
Last week, the Bryant campus saw its first snowfall of the fall semester. Last night I noticed a sheet of ice forming on the surface of the pond. Although there are still some leaves on the trees, the harsh truth is that winter is rapidly approaching. For me, this conjures up images of obnoxiously bulky coats and bitterly cold walks from one place to the next.
It was on that first day of snowfall that I realized just how grateful I am for Bryant's Unistructure. The Unistructure is the university's primary building, housing the majority of what any student needs when it comes to schoolwork. On a typical day, I can eat breakfast at Salmonson Dining Hall, go to two or three classes, find a comfortable place to talk to my friends, then eat lunch, all under the same roof. I can also stop by admissions, financial aid, or visit one of my professors during their office hours, or even check my mailbox without ever leaving the building.
At first, I wasn't sure how I felt about having so many functions of the school compacted into one building. I liked the idea of the traditional college campus, walking through quads from one ivy-clad brick building to another for each class I had. But in reality, I've simply found it to be more convenient than anything. And when it's raining outside or it's so cold you feel like your hand are going to fall off, you won't hear anyone complaining about the Unistructure.
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October 25th, 2013
Last week, Midnight Madness was held in Bryant's main gym. Centered around the varsity winter sports teams, this is the pep rally that gets the student body - and the teams themselves - pumped for the upcoming season.
The indoor track and swimming teams each performed a dance to introduce themselves and get the crowd loose. The Bryant cheer and dance teams put on impressive performances to keep everyone engaged, while contests such as spinning relays kept everyone laughing. The main event of the night was the basketball teams. After each team member is introduced (each to uproarious applause), the girls team showcased a remarkably extensive dance routine, followed by the men who took the crowd with an incredible show of dunking skill.
Whether you're watching a football game, basketball game, or any other sporting event, you can always expect an impressive and entertaining performance from Bryant's Division I athletes. In my opinion, the best part of Bryant sports is that it brings out our school spirit, as evidenced by Midnight Madness.
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October 22nd, 2013
One of the key components of Bryant's business education is the group project. Whether you like to work in groups or not, being able to collaborate with others and resolve interpersonal conflicts is crucial to success in the business world.
Every Bryant freshman takes a course called Global Foundations in Organizations and Business (better know as GFOB, or Business 101). Recently, we completed our first major project. In teams of five to six, we worked together to compile a research paper on an assigned city. We then applied this information to better understand how a Target store could change its practices to succeed in an urban environment.
All groups were then judged on a three minute presentation and a short commercial for a CityTarget product. After making it to the final competition, the best group from each GFOB class presents to Target executives as well as Bryant Alumni employed by Target.
I'm proud to say that my group placed second in the final competition! Aside from the bragging rights, Target gave us a generous $500 prize in addition to the stuffed dogs (see below).
This is just one of many examples of the valuable and exciting business experiences that are commonplace at Bryant.
Here's our commercial, featuring my good friends and teammates Emily and RJ:
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October 7th, 2013
Some people may think that Bryant's campus seems too isolated. While I, for one, couldn't be happier with the peaceful, close-knit community atmosphere the campus provides, I can understand the concern. Unless you have a car with you on campus, you might expect finding a change of scenery to be difficult.
Enter the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority. Better known on campus as RIPTA, this is a public bus system that runs through Bryant. While there may not be much within walking distance of Bryant's campus, unlimited options are just a short bus ride away.
I recently took the bus with a couple of teammates to the Providence Place Mall and was amazed at how easy it is. The bus stops directly on campus, in front of the Chace Athletic Center. You step on, swipe your student ID, take a seat, and before you know it you've reached your destination. The options in Providence are endless: between the mall, great restaurants and music, you'll always have something to do.
If you don't want to make the trip to Providence, the nearby Lincoln Mall is a common RIPTA destination for Bryant students. This spot houses the local Target, movie theater, McDonald's and Five Guys, all just a few minutes away if you take advantage of the RIPTA.
Added bonus: all Bryant students ride for free.
Providence Place Mall (Photo Source: http://www.providenceri.com/richardbenjamin/rb_3.html)
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September 27th, 2013
This past Tuesday, Bryant held one of its two annual career fairs. Held in the campus's sprawling gym, the fair brings in more than one hundred employers from small local companies to global Fortune 500 Corporations.
Each company sets up a table with all their details; several recruiters come to represent their organizations. These are professionals trained to spot talent and answer any question you may have about their respective companies.
The career fair is one of the most invaluable resources available to students. Students bring their resumes to hand out to companies that interest them. They inquire about summer internships and job positions that need to be filled. They network with employers to build professional connections for the future.
As a freshman, it's a bit early for me to start looking for internships. So instead, I just went for the information. I talked to recruiters to learn about companies that interest me. I also asked specific questions about their careers that well help me in choosing a major. Two of the companies I spoke to were PricewaterhouseCoopers and Target. Both are awesome companies to work for, and Bryant has very strong connections with them so they recruit lots of students from Bryant.
I was nervous to approach the recruiters at first, but I quickly realized that they'll all greet you with a firm handshake and a warm smile. They aren't just there to find new employees; they're genuinely happy just to inform you and give advice about your future career, even if it won't benefit them. And if not for the innumerable opportunities, at least come for all the free stuff companies give away.
(Photo Source: career.bryant.edu)
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September 21st, 2013
Bryant is well-known for the host of invaluable resources and services it offers its students. Among those is the Academic Center for Excellence, better known on campus as ACE.
Essentially, ACE is a tutoring center that can help you with just about any school-related question or problem you may have. They offer professional tutors in areas like math and writing, as well as student peers tutors. These are high-achieving honors students that are basically experts in their fields of study.
In addition to one-on-one tutoring, ACE offers Learning Labs which are open to all students. This is basically a study hall where you can get work done and prepare for tests, but in the presence of expert tutors who can answer any question you may have.
This is an excellent resource for success, readily available to all Bryant students. I have always struggled with math, and ACE has helped me to stay on top of every assignment and quiz so far, making sure I haven't fallen behind.
For more information about the Academic Center for Excellence, visit the site at the link below:
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September 18th, 2013
Eat. Sleep. Practice. Lots, and lots of time for team bonding.
If you want to be a student-athlete at Bryant, this is the life you have to look forward to during preseason training. As a member of the cross country team, I spent one week on campus prior to freshman move-in practicing and getting to know my new teammates. As a first year student it's a great time to familiarize yourself with the campus before opening weekend begins.
College sports are a big step up from high school. The increased intensity and time commitment can be a tough adjustment, but your new teammates make all of that worth it. During preseason, you're given plenty of free time to get to know them. For us, this entailed going to the movie theater at the nearby Lincoln Mall, holding ruthless team volleyball tournaments, and spending copious amounts of time playing Mario Kart.
The other upside to being on campus early is that you get oriented with your new surroundings ahead of time. You find where to look for the best food in Salmanson Dining Hall, find which part of the library you can study best in, and scope out your classes ahead of time so you're not wandering the halls on the first day of school. And, of course, your dorm room will already be set up on opening weekend, so you can help your new classmates move in. What better way to make friends in a new environment?
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